Families, volunteers labor to keep the ice at town rinks open
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent | January 01. 2014 8:20PM
Gary Terrell helps his daughter, Phoebe, put on her ice skates at the rink at Shepard Park in Milford on Sunday. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Armed with snow shovels, the Danielsons, along with their daughters Greta, 15, and Bridget, 12, broke a trail through the underbrush from their back yard to the flooded culverts on the side of the road and began clearing the ice.
"I grew up in Minnesota and if we wanted to skate, we'd just shovel off a pond or a ditch filled with water and we'd skate," said Rodney Danielson.
In Amherst, a flooded patch of conservation land in Amherst village has evolved into a temporary rink maintained each year by a group of volunteers. On Sunday morning, Albie Sampson was out on the rink, installed by the recreation department using lumber and a plastic liner, making sure the low spots were filled in. Using a pair of watering cans and a wide shovel, he added water to low areas and smoothed the ice with a shovel.
When the snow is falling gently in the village, there's nothing more beautiful than "going out and feeling the experience of winter while skating," he said.
Though Liz Terrell hasn't put on a pair of skates in decades, she has tried to continue the tradition of skating for her own children. She took them to the temporary rink at Shepard Park in Milford while in the area visiting her family for the holidays.
Terrell said she tries to buy skates at consignment shops or other places that sell used sports equipment.